one of the safest countries in Asia, and probably in the
world. It has a stable government, the level of civil unrest
is insignificant, crime levels are very low in comparison
with most countries, and natural disasters affecting visitors
Vietnamese traffic drives on the right (mostly!) and has a
somewhat cavalier regard for road safety. Pedestrian crossings,
where they exist, are almost invariably ignored, so visitors
need to exercise care. The best technique is to wait for a
lull in the traffic, then walk steadily and purposefully across
the road – oncoming bicycles and vehicles will move to one
side to avoid a pedestrian. Hopping about trying to avoid
the traffic makes an accident more likely.
are problematic, too. Most are used for motorbike parking,
or trading, and they are often in a poor state of repair,
so it’s easier to walk in the road. It isn't as dangerous
as is sounds because the Vietnamese are used to avoiding pedestrians,
but you need to keep an eye on the traffic.
In the cities, and especially in Ho Chi Minh City, petty crime
can sometimes be a problem. To avoid unpleasant experiences,
personal belongings unattended - put them somewhere safe or
keep them with you
- carry a shoulder strap handbag or camera bag – a bag with
a handgrip will deter motorbike bag snatchers
- carry large amounts of cash or vital documents – nearly all
hotels have secure storage
- count money while standing at an ATM - put it in a safe place
immediately and check it elsewhere
crime in Vietnam is low-level and opportunistic, and is uncommon
in comparison with major cities elsewhere.
There is no restriction on movement apart from more remote
areas where permits are required. However, the police monitor
all hotel registrations: both Vietnamese and visitors from
abroad must hand in their passports or identity cards at hotels.
This is standard procedure - they will always be returned
safely upon checkout on the next morning or after a day or
two during a longer stay.
large hotels have safe deposit boxes, and smaller ones will
look after valuables for you. Even budget hotels are guarded
at night, so hotel thefts are rare.
you travel with Haivenu, you'll be driven in a high-quality
vehicle by an experienced driver with an unblemished safety
record. The places you visit will be safe and managed properly.
For example, we only use officially licensed boats on Ha Long
Bay, and always moor in a secure area for overnight stays.
course, accidents can occur at any time. All Haivenu guides
are experienced and chosen not only for their local knowledge,
but also for their sense of responsibility and ability to
act decisively. They can be relied upon to take prompt, effective
action when a situation merits it. The safety of guests is
always top priority.